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Mar 21, 2011 6:30pm EDT
launched by the u.s. and other countries. president obama again making the case for why the u.s. went in, but how does it end? >>> in japan, the disaster deepens with new problems at the nuclear plant. there are new fears about food safety and an american family has received the worst possible news about their daughter. our teams are on the ground. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. in addition to two wars on two other fronts, the united states military tonight is engaged against libya. the attacks are in the form of air strikes. 32 of them in just the last 24 hours. about half now being carried out by u.s. aircraft. and there have been 136 cruise missiles launched. only eight of them by british armed forces. the rest launched by the u.s. they have hit targets up and down the libyan coastline, mostly aimed at libyan defenses, so the coalition aircraft can begin enforcing that no-fly zone over a larger portion of the country. the united states says moammar gadhafi is not a target personally, but president obama says the u.s. acted in
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Mar 6, 2011 11:00am EST
carolina militia units, should they want to attack the u.s. army, are going to have to cross a mile of water first. right now we are standing outside of the sally port or the entrance to fort sumter, and what we are standing on is the granite wharf. and this is where anderson's men would have landed on the night of december 26, 1860. >> for more than three months, anderson and his men peaceably held the fort. then on april 12th, the confederate general beauregard gave the command to open fire. >> this is one of the weapons the rebs would have used to bomb the fort. so this is a 10-inch mortar, which is a small cannon, it's usually used -- it has a high trajectories so it can be used to shoot over the walls of a fortification like fort sumter and this is the same type of model that would have fired the first shot of the civil war. so we're standing inside of a casemate here at fort sumter. a casemate is a gun room so it just would just have one gun inside of it as you can see here today we do have one gun inside of this casemate. this is a 42-pounder. it fired off a 42-pound cannon b
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Mar 22, 2011 6:30pm EDT
victorious in the end. the u.s. lost a jet there today, an older fighter jet, mechanical failure, they say, and not a shootdown. both pilots are okay. but it could have ended much differently. and in the beginning stages still of this so far u.s.-led attack, a lot of people are wondering how this ends. we begin tonight with our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski. jim, good evening? >> reporter: good evening. for american air crews, this is about as tense as it gets. it took more than 12 hours to safely recover both of the downed rmen. what's left of the american fighter jet was scattered across the libyan desert. the air force f-15 was on a bombing mission when it developed engine trouble. the two americans ejected as the plane went down. the pilot was located not far from the wreckage, and he was flown to safety. one of the jets dropped two bombs. another may have strafed the area with gunfire. the injured bore no grudge against the americans. >> if they just don't shoot, we would have escorted the pilot to safety. we were trying to have a celebration for him. >> reporter:
NBC
Mar 20, 2011 11:00pm EDT
where he was. but the u.s. says he is not a target. >> it's not about seeing him go. it is about supporting the u.n.'s resolution. >> the pentagon called "operation oddyssey dawn" very successful. >> we have detected no radar emmissions. >> u.s., british, and french aircraft also attacked tanks heading for bengazi. qaddafi vowed to fight a long war. >> we will get victory on behalf of the people. >> dozens of civilians have been killed, but the pentagon reports no civilian casualties. they will turn over primary control in a few days. >> we will be a member of the coalition, but we will not have the main role. >> nato has not agreed to a play to enforce the no-fly zone. live in washington. tv 11 news. >> we know the president is on the trip to latin america. what has he said lately? >> the president has not said anything specific. we do know that he was on a conference call. he has been following this closely. we may hear more from him tomorrow during a press conference with the president of chile. >> thousands gathered in tripoli to pay tribute to those killed by u.s. and coalit
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Mar 21, 2011 12:00pm EDT
talks with italian officials. she was treated and released for a minor element. -- ailment. the u.s. embassy in rome declined to comment. a massive blaze in hunting down. the nine bedroom to million- dollar mansion went up in flames after midnight. the blaze caused part of the chimney to fall through the second floor, triggering a partial roof collapsed. check out the pictures of the fire sent in by viewers in the ulocal section of wbaltv.com. collision jets have been patrolling the no-fly zone over libya today. the pentagon says they have not launched any new air strikes. over the weekend they scattered and isolated mooar gaddafi's forces with a series of air attack. -- air attacks. >> an incredibly strong message overnight, launching a missile strike in the heart of tripoli inside gaddafi's own compound, destroying what has been described as an administrative building. it is a sprawling structure, almost like a military base within tripoli itself. no word of gaddafi himself was in the complex at the time. rebels say their morale is high. they are encouraged now they have western a
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Mar 17, 2011 5:00am EDT
11. >> the u.s. government decided japan's safety zone is not big enough. >> there is new device for americans -- move back or get out. tracie potts is in washington with the details. >> it appears to be white smoke rising from the number 3 reactor. >> helicopters are now dropping water. >> we believe the containment has been destroyed. there is no water. >> that means nothing to prevent a meltdown. the japanese deny that. authorities believe it is is overheating. the u.s. believes radiation levels are extremely high. the state department now warns americans to consider leaving or least stay 50 miles away. 30 miles further than the japanese recommend. >> we advise americans to listen to the state department. >> 50 miles is not a safe in an emergency like that. >> president obama called japan's prime minister to promise continued support. there are new numbers on casualties. 23 injured, missing, or hospitalized at the plant. nearly 5200 dead. nearly 9000 still missing. the u.s. is not the only country with stronger warnings than japan. germany and australia also urging their resid
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Mar 27, 2011 10:00am EDT
>>> this sunday, the allied strike against libya stretches into its second week as the u.s. seeks to limit its role. >> responsibility for this operation is being transferred from the united states to our nato allies and partners. >> but as criticism from congress mounts, many questions remain. what happens if gadhafi clings to power? what are the limits of the u.s.'s role if a civil war gets worse? and how does a military campaign relate to our overall strategy in the mideast? this morning, a special joint interview, with us, the secretary of state hillary clinton and secretary of defense robert gates. >>> then -- the president faces critics from both sides of the aisle. did he overstep his constitutional authority by using force without consulting congress. my interview this morning with republican from indiana senator richard lugar. >>> finally, analysis of the administration's handling of the crisis in libya is our fragile economic recovery continues and our military is stretched thin by two other wars, did the president make the case to the american people that libya is worth
NBC
Mar 15, 2011 12:00pm EDT
japan is raising questions about possible radiation exposure here in the u.s. despite those concerns, the chairman of the regulatory commission explains why it is not likely the radiation could reach our country. >> based on the type of reactor design and the nature of the accident, we see a very low likelihood that there is any possibility of harmful radiation levels in the u.s. or in hawaii. >> that have already sent two experts to japan and have just deployed another team. the japanese government has also requested u.s. equipment to help cool the reactors. a baltimore man who is teaching in japan when the earthquake hit, chris godish, along with 400 others was forced to move into the junior high school because of the damage in the area. he said despite the food storage and unsanitary conditions, their greatest concern is radiation exposure. >> and nobody seems to know, you know, what level of risk we are at right now. they are saying there is radiation in the air. i am really concerned our health is at risk. >> godish hopes to evacuate to a safer area as soon as possible. meanwhil
NBC
Mar 21, 2011 3:30am EDT
>>> breaking news -- attack on libya. u.s., french forces, fighting to overthrow moammar gadhafi. president obama insist the attacks only follow gadhafi's refusal to end his assault as the united nation demanded. >> we are answering the call of a threatened people and acting in the interest of the united states and the world. >> we have every reason to fear that, left unchecked, gadhafi will commit unspeakable atrocities. >> this morning, the very latest on the military campaign. its goal and its limits, including the president's order that no u.s. ground troops be committed. with us, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admirabmiral m mullen. >>> then reaction from capitol hill. is libya a threat to the united states? is it too late for military action to make a difference? and should the president have sought congressional authority? with us chairman of the senate armed services committee, carl levin and john kerry of massachusetts and republican member of the armed services committee, senator jeff sessions of alabama. >>> finally, our roundtable assesses the president's lead
NBC
Mar 17, 2011 4:30am EDT
>>> this morning on "early today," high alert. the u.s. authorizes american evacuations out of japan as nuclear meltdown concerns grow. >>> line of fire, security cameras capture a dramatic shoot-out at a tennessee convenience stor >>> and space odyssey, video unveils the international space >>> and space odyssey, video unveils the international space station's newest resident. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with exit strategy. as japan's nuclear crisis deepens and reports about the status of one of its nuclear plants differ, the united states has authorized the first evacuation of mernsz out of japan. tracie potts joins us from washington with the latest on this. good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. good morning, everybody. we learned overnight that these will be volunteer evacuations even though the airports have reopened, commercial flights are available, the u.s. state department will be organizing charter flights out of tokyo and other locations in japan to get americans out. the u.s. beli
NBC
Mar 21, 2011 5:00pm EDT
in libya is leading to more political anxiety in the united states. u.s.-led attacks continued. president obama said america will take a back seat. politicians are demanding to know the exit plan. more on the unrest in the middle east, from capitol hill. >> last week, they looked doomed. but eastern rebels today have new hope, thanks to american f- 15 pilots and british pilots, french pilots. they are hammering gaddafi's forces again today. the coordinated attack that president obama promised will not be led by the u.s. for long. >> there will be a transition in which we have a range of coalition partners, the europeans, members of the arab league, who will participate in establishing a no-fly zone. >> the transition would be complex. >> it is not so simple as a handshake some place and you are now in charge. >> u.s. leadership in a third far away more concerned senate republicans. >> the plan is not there. the end game is not apparent. >> congress is in recess. no debates or votes on libya. democrats are concerned. >> this is not the way our system is supposed to work. >> the
NBC
Mar 11, 2011 5:00pm EST
the outpouring of assistance from the u.s. and other countries. one has been communicating through e-mail and she has been looking through japanese web sites to get the latest information. >> you have heard how important skype has been for people to stay in touch with each other. we go to tokyo. what did you experience when the earthquake hit? >> the building was shaking hard and people could not stand up straight. >> did you stay inside or did you go outside? >> i went outside. >> about how long did it last? >> it was for three minutes. >> was there very much damage in tokyo? that was not as close to the northeastern part. >> not too much damage in tokyo? >> i don't think so. >> the hour earthquake and tsunami coverage continues online at wbaltv.com. pictures and videos show the devastation. you can see the pictures and a guide. we have posted the link on our home page. >> maybe next year, that is what many advocates of the same sex marriage legislation are saying after the legislation died. it was sent back to committee. david joins us from inside of the state house. >> says the vo
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Mar 24, 2011 6:00am EDT
continued to question the cost of the u.s. role. kate amara joins us live with more on the story. good morning to you. >> pressure mounting on the president. he is talking about the u.s. exit strategy. in the libyan capital, anti- aircraft fire lit up the sky once again. u.s.-led coalition forces continue to carry out air strikes. and now, nato war ships are patrolling off libya's coast, enforcing the u.n. arms embargo. >> at the same time, nato has completed plans to help enforce the no-fly zone. >> the white house wants to hand off control of the military operation within days. >> the united states' role once that environment is shaped is actually significantly reduced because we've got a broad-based international coalition, including arab states, that believe in the same thing that we do. >> meanwhile, pressure is mounting on the administration from members of congress. in a letter, house speaker john boehner demanded president obama outline objectives. a statement from democrat nancy pelosi saying u.s. participation is strengthened by consultation with congress. >> we can't a
NBC
Mar 11, 2011 6:30pm EST
the largest ever measured, and it triggers a massive tsunami all the way to the u.s. tonight we're watching the rising death toll. a nuclear plant in trouble. the aftershocks continue. the world is watching japan and our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the nation of japan has suffered a clausal historic earthquake that has caused massive damage, massive loss of life and sent ocean waters racing over land. the earthquake was 8.9 and struck at 2:46 p.m., centered 78 miles offshore. while tokyo swayed and shook and bounced for minutes on end, sending millions to shelter, sendai was the closest population center and it's been devastated. the loss of life officially so far in the hundreds will almost certainly be in the thousands as thousands are missing. the quake then triggered a tsunami, water upwards of 30 feet high that swamped the japanese shoreline, moving faster than people or cars could outrun it. then it headed out east across the pacific ocean, traveling at times at the speed of a jet airliner. the original quake was big en
NBC
Mar 18, 2011 6:30pm EDT
the u.s. will now lead military action to stop gadhafi's brutal crackdown. and in japan, the nuclear crisis goes up a notch, increased to a higher alert level. what will it take to cool down those reactors and prevent a nuclear meltdown. our teams are on the ground across the world and "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. tonight we have to take you on something of a tour of the world to cover the overwhelming amount of news going on. and while we have been focused on the disaster in japan, where the nuclear alert level actually went up a notch today, while it's been going on for exactly a week tonight, instead we must begin tonight back in libya. today president obama announced that on top of the two wars the u.s. is fighting, the united states will now take the lead on possible military action in libya. the u.n. approved it last night. it started out as a no-fly zone but has grown into something perhaps bigger. a nato ultimatum of gadhafi of libya that the president says is non-negotiable. gadhafi declared a cease fire today but
NBC
Mar 21, 2011 7:00am EDT
>>> good morning. target libya -- moammar gadhafi's compound hit by a cruise missile as u.s.-led air strikes intensify. but while american officials say the initial campaign has been a success, there are signs the libyan leader's forces are still on the tack. >>> setback. just after reporting progress at the nuclear plant in japan, smoke rising from the reactor forced them to evacuate again. this as milk and vegetables are pulled from near the site due to fears of contamination. >>> and a female wing walker fighting for her life after her husband was forced to crash land the airplane. he speaks about her condition the airplane. he speaks about her condition today, monday march 21, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. busy monday morning. i'm matt lauer. ann curry is back from japan, in for meredith. what a job you did on what was a difficult trip. >> it was difficult for everyone involved. i think we are all thinking of the people who are there and especially for the japanese. we'll have the latest from japa
NBC
Mar 17, 2011 7:00am EDT
japan and here in the u.s. over the severity of the situation. the chair of the u.s. regulatory commission believes a storage pool holding highly radioactive spent fuel rods may be completely empty at this point and that at times radiation levels have been so high they would be lethal in a very short period of time. he urged americans to stay at least 50 miles away from the plant but that's four times the distance of the evacuation order from japanese officials. people in japan are growing really frustrated at this point about the lack of clear, prompt information. we'll talk about that as well as the state department's decision to begin offering voluntary evacuation to family members of personnel in japan. >> we have a lot to get to. let us start this morning with ann curry who is in northern japan. ann, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you, matt. as you report the situation is still very serious. the japanese government is saying the radiation levels are stable. the u.s. has its own experts on the ground and has a very different assessment of the risk. meantim
NBC
Mar 20, 2011 8:00am EDT
>>> good morning, attack on libya. u.s. and allied forces strike libya with cruise missiles and fighter jets and a deficive military show of force against gadhafi now american stealth bombers started the fight. >> we cannot standidally by when there will be no mercy. >>> defiance. the libyan dictator digs in calling twarning it could ignit a crisis war. >>> nine days after the earthquake that devastated japan, two survivors are saved from the rubble. today, sunday, march 20th, 201 from the rubble. today, sunday, march 20th, 201 1. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday. i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolfe. breaking news out of libya. >> this morning a senior pentagon official says that three american b-2 stealth bombers have been used in the operation dropping some 40 bombs on a libyan air field. it is significant for the first time because the raid began american pilots are now taking part in the mission and now more u.s. fighter jets are attacking libyan ground forces, we're told. >> we're still in the first 24
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Mar 28, 2011 5:00pm EDT
and civilians are safer. it is a dramatic turnaround because of the u.s. and our allies. muammar gaddafi's heavy weapons are being destroyed by coalition pilots. and the air tactic that was run by the u.s. will be commanded by nato. but many in congress warned president obama not to send u.s. ground troops to depose gaddafi, who said this today. >> yes, we want him out. no, we do not want to do it at the enormous costs of a million -- a military invasion. >> what is our mission in libya? what is at stake there? why are we in the third engagement in the middle east? >> lawmakers wanted a role in the advance -- in advance of the air war. >> this was not in our interest -- i want to know why we were not advised because this was not in our interest before we committed forces to the air war. >> i do not think it is vital for the u.s., but we clearly have interests there and it is part of a region that is of vital interest for the u.s. >> the region is in chaos with uprisings in syria, egypt, and the georgijordan offensive in libya has already cost about $1 billion. >> at the white hou
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Mar 23, 2011 6:30pm EDT
of an air assault on libya. really the third front the u.s. is fighting on these days. it was launched by president obama to protect civilians, he said, because gadhafi's forces were bearing down on the rebels' head quarter city of benghazi. but all those cruise missiles and bombs still haven't stopped the ground fighting. the rebels were under heavy fire today about 100 miles to the south of benghazi. and as you're about to see, our own chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, was with them and got about as close as you'd ever want to. richard is back safely in benghazi tonight and is with us from there tonight. richard, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the rebels have the will, they have the numbers, but they don't have the equipment or the discipline to take on gadhafi's forces where they're dug in, as we saw for ourselves firsthand today. the road outside benghazi today is a graveyard of gadhafi's armored vehicles, destroyed by western air strikes. after an hour and a half driving south flanked by desert, we reached the rebels' front line. there are no tr
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Mar 21, 2011 11:00pm EDT
. u.s.-led attacks continued, but gaddafi is not backing down. >> president obama says washington will soon give up the leadership of the assault. in washington, critics are demanding to know the exit plan. >> last week, they looked doomed, but libyan rebels today have new hope thanks to american f-15 pilots, british pilots, and french pilots. today, a coordinated attack. president obama promised to date it would not be led by the u.s. for long. >> there is good to be a transition taking place in which we have a range of coalition partners -- the europeans, members of the arab league -- who will be participating in the no-fly zone. >> that transition would be complex. >> it is not so simple as a handshake some place and you are now in charge. >> u.s. leadership of a third faraway war and concern senate republicans. >> the end game is not apparent. >> congress is in recess. no debates or votes on libya. democrats are concerned. >> this is not the way our system is supposed to work. >> the house speaker warned the administration must do a better job of communicating to the american peopl
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Mar 25, 2011 4:30am EDT
in the united states by secretary of state hillary clinton. she says now the u.s. can begin to reduce its participation in this operation. the u.s. has flown 70% of those flights so far, and already, she says, we're seeing fewer american planes in the skies over libya. the u.s., however, jointly with britain and france, will still be responsible for some of the toughest parts of the mission. lynn. >> tracie, thanks so much. >>> well, the federal aviation administration says it has suspend an air traffic control supervisor after he fell asleep on duty forcing two passenger planes to land at reagan international airport without any distance. nbc's kristin dahlgren has more on a story that raised a lot of questions about who is minding the runways. >> reporter: final approach to reagan international airport. the american airlines flight from miami gets no response. >> the pilot gets over the loud speaker and says, sorry, folks, we can't land right now. >> reporter: even a nearby operations center can't raise reagan's tower. >> tried to call on landline and on the commercial line a
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Mar 7, 2011 12:00pm EST
northern africa, the effects are being felt in the u.s. at the gas pump. the white house is considering a dramatic step to relieve rising prices spurred by violence. tracie potts is in washington with the details. >> the uss 727 million -- u.s. has 727 million barrels of oil on the coast. >> a ripoff. filling up my car only last me like a week. >> it is something that all has been done in very rare occasions. >> not a good idea, some say. >> we are putting ourselves in the hands of the most frail, and acquitted regime in the middle east. -- antiquated regime in the middle east. >> what we need to do is find more of our own energy, and that is to explore offshore. >> worldwide demand is up and fight in the middle east has fueled fears of oil prices over $100 a barrel. >> i will start thinking about riding a bike. >> the government last tap into the reserves during hurricane katrina. >> the u.s. as the world's largest oil reserves. no word on when at the white house will make the decision to tap into it. today's technology offers many advantages, but it also comes with downside spirit the
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Mar 28, 2011 12:00pm EDT
will hit the airwaves tonight. he is expected to address concerns about u.s. involvement in libya. rebel forces aided by a coalition air strikes made huge gains over the weekend. here is the latest from benghazi. >> there have been on night celebrations in benghazi. the rebels are cheering incredible advances they have been making the last 24 hours. the gaddafi forces in eastern libya seem to be collapsing or drawing back for a strategic retreat, waiting for a decisive battle. either way, the rebels have been going unopposed for hundreds of miles. >> today will be 41 days. gaddafi has been 42 years in power. we are going to finish it tomorrow. >> we have been following some of the rebels' advance. gaddafi troops took off their uniforms of the side of the road. they left meals have eaten by the roadside. the reason why it is clear. we saw dozens of tanks and armored vehicles obliterated by air strikes. the rebels have reached about 400 miles from here to the city te. it is the strategic city because it is gaddafi's home town. it is not much further to tripoli. sirte could be a deci
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Mar 24, 2011 12:00pm EDT
shift. lawmakers are demanding clarification of the u.s. role in libya. polls show that americans think we should be doing more. the president is meeting with his national security team to a after another night of air strikes in libya. house speaker boehner wrote the president demanding answers on why we're there and when we will leave. this is after a poll finds that 60% of americans support our involvement against gadhafi. the obama administration is trying to turn over control of the mission as nato decides who will be in charge. there are many of possible outcomes here. no one can predict them. >> in the meantime, a french military official says that french airstrikes have hit a libyan air base in the interior of the country, but did not specify the exact location or the extent of the damage. more than 440 soldiers of the maryland army national guard battalion are headed for egypt. there will spend about a year in the peninsula as part of the multi-national force. we will have more on their deployment tonight at 5:00 p.m. and japan, more smoke is coming from several of the country's
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Mar 14, 2011 6:30pm EDT
, now there's a full scale nuclear scare, and it's deepening. tonight the u.s. is being asked for more help. our team is on the ground and our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, it started with a freak of nature, the fifth largest earthquake ever recorded on the planet, but then, right then as the rubble settled and the buildings stopped swaying, the water came ashore. the tsunami in japan killed thousands. in some parts of some towns, there's no remaining evidence that anyone ever lived there. and now tonight the crisis has taken yet another turn, and we are covering a full-blown nuclear scare in japan. there are 17 nuclear power plants across that country, 54 nuclear reactors in all, but one plant in particular is in trouble. it's the fukushima plant, and if you've seen the pictures of it over the weekend, you may know. there was one explosion in one building on saturday, another just yesterday. and now a third reactor is in trouble at that same facility. we're starting to hear terms like partial meltdown. it's an urgent situatio
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Mar 17, 2011 6:00am EDT
. the japanese deny that, but international authorities do believe it's overheating. the u.s. believes radiation levels there are extremely high. with conflicting reports coming from japan, the state department now warns americans to consider leaving or at least stay 50 miles away, 30 miles further than the japanese recommend. >> we are obviously advising american citizens that they listen to the nrc and the state department. >> some experts fear even that's not enough. >> 50 miles is not a safe distance to be in an emergency like that. >> the state department's organizing charter flights out of tokyo for what so far is a voluntary evacuation. president obama called japan's prime minister to promise continued support. and this morning, there are new numbers on casualties. 23 injured, missing, or hospitalized at the plant. nearly 5200 dead. and over 9000 still missing. the u.s. isn't the only country with stronger warnings than japan. germany and australia are now also urging their residents to leave. tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news. >> meanwhile, all the devastation in japan ca
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Mar 17, 2011 5:00pm EDT
come in. >> the majority of these cars are made at u.s. plants, but even those are cutting back on production due to the fears the parts they're getting from japan will be delayed. >> we are on about a 90-day supply. as it stands right now, our supply looks good. but what the future holds, it is tough to tell. >> if you are in the market for a japanese car now, -- >> you should buy it now. >> the manufacturers have good deals. even if you are doing research come in and say hi and see what the supply looks like. but right now, you will have your best choice. >> one shopper we talked to set her mind was elsewhere. >> i don't think the car problem is the biggest issue that all. the nuclear about reactor. >> late this afternoon, we learned the problem has extended to american car makers with general motors announcing its plant in louisiana has suspended production indefinitely due to a shortage of parts that come from japan. we are quickly learning just how vital japan is to the auto industry worldwide. >> thank you. the earthquake in japan was as strong as some of the worst in history
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Mar 9, 2011 6:00am EST
latest on traffic pulse 11. >> a maryland congressman takes action after u.s. supreme court's supports the right for a controversial church group to protest at military funerals. >> jennifer franciotti is live with more on that story. >> congressman ruppersberger submitted legislation that would place restrictions on protests and military funerals. five hours before a funeral and after a funeral. westboro baptist church stirred up controversy when members protested outside a military funeral in westminster. the u.s. supreme court ruled in favor of the churches right to protest. crop prohibits protest one hour before or after funerals. >> i believe the constitution allows for reasonable restrictions on the time, place, and manner of protest activities. that is all i'm doing here. >> ruppersberger it is bill places distance restrictions, up to 2,500 feet between protesters and the funeral side. we will have the churches reaction coming up at 6:30. jennifer franciotti, wbal-tv 11 news. >> thank you. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. do you think the "safe haven for h
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Mar 19, 2011 6:00pm EDT
. the u.s. fired more than 100 cruise missiles into libya today as french fighter jets targeted the that the postal -- khaddafi 's fighters from above. >> u.s. officials say this will not be a ground war. u.s. troops will not be on the ground in libya. so far, 110 vessels have been lost from the sea into libyan territory targeting communication sites, air defense sites, to make it safe enough for aircraft to find -- to flat over libya to enforce a no-fly zone. -- to fly over libya to enforce a no-fly zone. khaddafi officials are calling this a brutal assault. they are sticking by a cease- fire. on the ground today, there was no cease-fire. khaddafi pulse of course this but asked about the pulse el -- cannot pay -- >> president obama has promised u.s. ground forces will not enter libya. his decision has upset some lawmakers. obama said the u.s. and its allies had no toys but to act. brian moore has the story from washington. >> bomar gaddafi -- khaddafi defied orders. >> over 110 tomahawk cruise missiles fired from u.s. and british ships struck more than 20 integrated air defense sys
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Mar 27, 2011 6:30pm EDT
u.s. to take a lower profile, at a time president obama is facing criticism about the decision to intervene in the first place. tomorrow, he will defend that decision in an early evening address to the american people. we'll begin our coverage in benghazi with richard engel. what's the latest in there? >> reporter: good evening, lester. rebels made rapid advances. mostly they followed a path of destruction created by western air strikes. there was no resistance. western air strikes have been more devastating than the rebels expected, obliterating dozens of gadhafi tanks and armored personnel carriers. craters show how strong the air strikes were in. some of the tanks were even melted. air strikes opened a corridor the rebels are simply driving through, meeting no resistance. roads that were controlled by gadhafi's trooped only yesterday are now crowded with civilians returning home. rebels direct traffic and take away tanks that can be salvaged. in this town seized by rebels today and where people play on gadhafi's anti-aircraft guns, we saw signs that gadhafi's forces beat a quic
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Mar 22, 2011 6:00pm EDT
. >> funeral arrangements are pending. >> u.s. forces recovered two american pilots after their plane crashed over libya. this comes on day four of a multi nation operation over there. sally kidd is in washington with the latest. >> good evening, rob. if the crew of that jet suffered only minor injuries. the crash happened as coalition forces were expanding the no-fly zone. >> military commanders say the f-15 was conducting a strike mission against libyan installations when a crucial piece of equipment malfunctioned. the two crewmembers ditch the jack and bailed out safely. one pilot was covered by coalition -- was recovered by coalition forces. >> the other pilot was recovered by rebel forces. he was treated with dignity and respect and is now in the care of the united states. >> the pentagon confirmed reports that government forces were attacking civilians in this rock, but would only say all options were being explored to protect them. russia is calling for an immediate halt to the air strikes in order to prevent more civilian casualties. but during a visit to moscow, defense secre
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Mar 28, 2011 4:30am EDT
explain what role the u.s. will play in the mission in libya now that nato has stepped in. the president is also expected to address concerns by both parties. tracie potts joins us live from washington with the latest. >> reporter: good morning. the president has a lot of questions to answer when he addresses the nation tonight. lawmakers here want to know should we even be involved in libya or should we be doing more to take down libya's leader. >> the president's going to address the nation monday night. a lot of these questions will be answered. >> reporter: questions like whether we'll hand guns to rebels. >> no decision has been made about that. >> reporter: and how much the u.s. will be involved after nato takes over. >> within the next week or so, we will begin to diminish the commitment of resources. >> reporter: tonight president obama is supposed to lay out the plan. he has said gadhafi needs to go, but nato has made it clear that's not their mission. tomorrow secretary of state hillary clinton meets in london with countries that want to ease him out. >> now is your t
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Mar 20, 2011 6:30pm EDT
>>> target libya, the assault by u.s. warplanes intensifies. a defiant gadhafi warns of a crusader war and vows to fight back. crusader war and vows to fight back. tonight, what is the end game? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, everyone. the pentagon tonight says the allied assault on libya's military has inflicted heavy damage on moammar gadhafi's forces and grounds his combat planes. that assault, which we now know is being led by american warplanes, including long-range stealth bombers, has targeted both libya's air defenses and ground troops in an effort to halt gadhafi's attacks on anti-government rebels bunch coalition forces insist gadhafi himself is not a target. tonight, as anti-aircraft fire lit up the skies over triply, it claimed again it was ordering units to observe a cease-fire, a claim western forces are sceptical of. we begin tonight with jim miklaszewski. jim in. >> reporter: lester, there's only been one full day of american and coalition air strikes against libya, but senior u.s. military officials are already declaring the no-fly
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Mar 9, 2011 6:30pm EST
problem it is that a small number of american muslims are being turne against the u.s. he's under pressure and having to answer for his own past ties to a controversial and even violent group. known for being accessible and media friendly during 18 years in congress, tonight peter king says he's caught by surprise. >> i'm not overly modest or shy but i really do not expect to become the center of attention on this. >> reporter: chairman of the house homeland security kmut committee, king says he is trying to expose islamic terrorism inside the u.s. >> homegrown terrorism is a growing threat and one we cannot ignore. >> reporter: his own history is getting another look. years ago king was a major advocate for the irish republican army, which the u.s. and british governments had labeled a terrorist organization. >> those who saw your ira past look at this and say you're a hypocrite. >> right. people who say that are uninformed. first of all, the i.r.a. never attacked the united states. let's start with that. >> reporter: the i.r.a.'s attacks did kill civilians from the 1970s to late
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Mar 10, 2011 6:30pm EST
house and he has wanted to hold hearings to root out radical islam in the u.s. but things did not go the way he planned. nbc's kelly o'donnell covered today's hearing on capitol hill. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. well, congressman king says the reaction is rabid and hysterical. but after the administration said al qaeda is trying to recruit inside the u.s., king says it's his duty to investigate. arriving with the extra security he requested, republican chairman peter king launched a preemptive strike against vocal and angry critics. >> there is nothing radical or unamerican in holding these hearings. >> reporter: for weeks king has been accused of discriminating against muslims by focusing only on islamic extremism inside the u.s. >> it's a back down -- political correctness. >> i don't see the benefit in stigmatizing, in finger pointing. >> reporter: democrats who tried to block the hearing even after it began say it played into enemy hands. >> this hearing focuses on american muslim community will be used by those who seek to inspire a new generation of s
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Mar 3, 2011 6:30pm EST
control of libya. >>> on the border. a rare look at the daily game of cat and mouse that the u.s. is fighting against drug smugglers. >>> amica at the crossroads. tonight why america's losing some of the best and brightest and how to keep them here. >>> and tired of it all. alarming news about a problem that impairs our economy, our health, our jobs, actually puts us in danger. health, our jobs, actually puts us in danger. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the president of the united states is now on record. the longtime leader of libya needs to leave and change must come now to libya. this is how the president put it at the white house today. >> let me just be very unambiguous about this. colonel gadhafi needs to step down from power and leave. that is good for his country. it is good for his people. it's the right thing to do. >> of course, that brings us to the question of how to do that, how to finish what the libyan uprising has started. there's more support growing for a so-called no-fly zone, but the defense secretary is
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Mar 22, 2011 7:00am EDT
>>> good morning. breaking news, a defense department official tells nbc news a u.s. f-15 fighter jet has crashed in libya. we are live with the latest on the fate of the crew. >>> back to work. crews return to the damaged nuclear plant in japan to try to stop the smoke, steam and radiation that's escaping. this morning they have hit a new snag when it comes to re-establishing power to the facility. >>> and sorry, charlie. just two weeks after giving him the boot, cbs is reportedly in talks to bring charlie sheen back to "two and a half men." but after everything each side has said, can anyone say they are winning today? has said, can anyone say they are winning today? tuesday, march 22, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a tuesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm ann curry in for meredith. the crash of a u.s. fighter jet happened overnight near the city of benghazi. the cause was likely mechanical. >> the pilots ejected and one crew member has been recovered. the other is what they are calling in the process of being rec
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Mar 15, 2011 5:00pm EDT
levels. >> the u.s. has already conducted helicopter missions along the battered coastline and found a few isolated communities of survivors. >> wease alan -- we found essentially hundreds of people, 100 at this place, to wonder at this place. it is just a matter of getting them out -- 200 at this place. it is just a matter of getting them out. >> the u.s. carrier ronald reagan is still off the shore of japan launching aircraft loaded with supplies. but the shift moved further on tuesday after some crewmembers tested positive for low levels of radiation. -- further out to sea after some crewmembers tested for low levels of radiation european pet energy officials are applying stress tests to their plant and germany officials have switched off some of their plants, one of them permanently. >> the nuclear crisis in japan comes just as america had finally started to get past its discomfort with nuclear power, caused more than 30 years ago by three mile island. >> it is called the nuclear present -- renaissance, the growing acceptance in recent years of nuclear energy as a clean, green, and
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Mar 24, 2011 6:30pm EDT
>>> on the broadcast tonight, who's in charge? is the u.s. about to hand over control of the attack on libya? and tonight what may be the next nation to go in that region. >>> changing face. a major milestone tonight for a growing group of americans. >>> asleep in the tower. two jets needing to land in washington can't raise an air traffic controller, and now we know why. >>> and making a difference, for the struggling people of japan. nbc news with americans on a mission to provide critical re leaf. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it has turned into a big miliry effort, bombs and cruise missiles have been raining down on libya, and it could get even bigger and the stakes are high. it's been a mostly u.s. run air campaign thus far, but tonight a change is coming. a handover to nato for the supervision of this strike. everyone, even though the pentagon warned libya today, we will continue to hit you, the u.s. is anxious to shift some of this to somebody else. and just as there have been new and loud explosions in tripoli this
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Mar 22, 2011 5:00am EDT
attacks in the skies over libya is raising questions in the u.s. about why we are there in the first place. why the president is under attack in what some call an un fair mission. >> mukasey's supporters question the attack. >> it is a base that does not have weapons. president obama said the purpose of this mission is to back the united nations and stop him from killing his own people. >> we are going to make sure we stay to that mandate. >> what's the objective? what's the plan? >> supporting levels may be the same ones who fought american soldiers in iraq. >> we do not have a clear picture of who the opposition is. >> the arab world says they are getting mixed messages. >> what's the purpose of the no-fly zone? is it just to degrade him or to remove him. >> attacks by the military in libya continue. >> president obama is talking to the arab nations. >> and speaking out about the president's decision to not seek congressional approval for the attacks in libya. president obama made the same mistakes his former presidents george bush and clinton said this is particularly ironic becau
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Mar 29, 2011 5:00am EDT
graves before taking action. >> president obama said the u.s. was not in imminent danger, our values were at stake. he stopped short of trying to force muammar gaddafi out. >> if we tried to -- will likely have to put u.s. troops on the ground. >> not an option. instead, hillary clinton is in london today, meeting with countries who want to see a new government in libya. pressure gaddafi to step down on his own. >> we tied up his financial assets. we have an embargo. he is getting weaker all the time. >> some say the president should have consulted congress first. nato takes over tomorrow. libya takes center stage in the lot -- in the fight for freedom. what about other countries like yemen that are facing similar uprisings? the president said wherever people want to be free, they will find a friend in the united states. tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. do you think the president was effective in conveying his message? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to watercooler@wbaltv.co
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Mar 31, 2011 5:00pm EDT
-day forecast in a few minutes. >> tonight, u.s. and british officials are applauding two high-profile defections from the gaddafi regime, the bien foreign minister and -- the libyan foreign minister and a general. but it is a bad day still on the battlefield for the gaddafi opposition. >> again today, libyan rebels were in retreat, firing on government forces with what little they have. but taking fire and taking flight. the rebels were moving away from tripoli. muammar gaddafi is regaining ground, but he has lost something that might matter more. the libyan foreign minister defected to britain. he's gaddafi's right-hand man, blamed by some of orchestrating the lockerbie bombing. but without it -- without giving immunity he switched sides. >> the point is, pressure on gaddafi is intense. the people around him are realizing the days of this regime are numbered. >> it is a validation of the obama coalition plan to destroy gaddafi's deadliest weapons. this was a building f-16 attack yesterday and tipped the balance to the rebels without sending u.s. ground forces. >> the removal of colon
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Mar 1, 2011 6:00am EST
>> it has been two months and still no sign of teenager phylicia barnes. >> the u.s. considered military action against libya as gaddafi blast off calls to leave. he is at it again. charlie sheen is speaking to what went with a camera and an hour to kill. tell us what you think in this morning's water cooler question. >> will be warmer temperatures continue through the week? [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. >> and i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> tony pann has a quick look at today's forecast. it is march 1 . >> a big party later in the weather office. march is going to come in like a lamb today. yesterday was a little bump. it is able breezy right now. the wind will diminish. 34 at the airport. north wind is 9, gusting up to 17. i think the wind will die down. we could see a few high, thin clouds with a high temperature near 47 degrees. we will check the seven-day f
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Mar 19, 2011 6:30pm EDT
>>> target libya, the first u.s. and coalition military strikes an forces are underway. >> we cannot stand i'dly by when he tells his people there will be no mercy. >> cruise missiles attack libyan targets. the broadest military effort since the invasion of iraq began today. >> plus, disaster in japan, progress on the nuclear reactor, but concerns on food in that country. >> from nbc news orld heworld h quarters in new york, this is nbc news with lester holt. >> protecting civilians from moammar gadhafi. u.s. and british naval vessels launched 110 tomahawk vessels along libya's coast. confirming the start that president obama stressed it would not involve ground troops. why want to start in the libyan capitol with jim messeda. >> reporter: lester, what unfolded in libya today wasn't plausible days ago. late this afternoon jets took off, destination benghazi, libya. 110 cruise miz ills hitting 120 defense miz ills. later today, punched through defenses intense fighting killing many civilians. the violence too much for many who fled in their cars heading east. their hopes of get
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Mar 20, 2011 6:00pm EDT
effect. of the u.s. says gaddafi is not a target. >> it is very focused in ensuring that he cannot continue to execute his own people. >> in benghazi, they celebrate putting a halt on gaddafi's assault on the city. president obama only briefly mentioned libya in brazil today. >> receive the people in libya taking a courageous stand against the regime liberalizes there and citizens. >> they need to better explain the american role in this. >> we really have not discovered who is in libya that we are trying to support. obviously, the people against gaddafi -- but whose? >> some say we have waited too long to act. >> had this been done several weeks ago, we be in better shape. >> the military says that no allied aircraft has been lost and there are no reports of civilian casualties. live in washington a wbal-tv 11 news,. >> the question is if there is any indication of how long this will go on. >> it is really not clear. the pentagon says they are not ruling out wanting additional air strikes if necessary. admiral mullen says circumstances are driving with discos in the future. >> sal
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Mar 26, 2011 6:00pm EDT
libya will not become a third war front. the u.s. will remain involved, but beginning monday nato forces and a canadian general will be in charge. brian mooar has the latest on this from washington. >> british defense video shows the kind of punishment will market dock the's punishment will be taking if they defied a u.n. order. -- the kind of punishment that will face.roops president obama is still explaining this. >> we are succeeding. we have taken out the libyan air defenses. his forces are no longer dancing. >> nato is expected to take over on monday with a canadian in the lead. it is a three-star general and no stranger to working with americans. >> to be the nato commander conducting the actions in the middle east. >> if you had asked me if we should jump in the late, i would say now. once we jump in the lake, i say swim as fast as you can. >> they say the u.s. did not do enough quickly enough. others are ready to fight to keep the united states safe. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >> the house today passes dozens of bills. -- look at some of them. today marks the beginning of
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Mar 5, 2011 5:00am EST
. >> a man wanted for raping women since 19 7. a tip led use -- u.s. marshals to aaron thomas. a discarded cigarette butt matched d.n.a. from a reeveous rapist. the first rape was in maryland, 1987. a man on a bike raped a 25-year-old woman as she walked home from work. two teenagers were raped while trick-or-treating on halloween. kai reed. wbal-tv 11 news. >> aaron thomas grew up in virginia, went to high school in prince george's county, maryland, and has recently been living in new haven, connecticut. we expect to learn more about the case, and a news conference has been set. >> an arrest on a 61-year-old woman that was attacked thursday night. ennis beat the woman while robbing her of her purse and car. the victim is in critical but stable condition at shock trauma. innis was sentenced to 10 years in prison after an armed robbery conviction back in 2002. >> in north africa, an alleged secret bunker has been discovered by opponents of libya's embattled leader muammar gaddafi. meanwhile, one of his son's is acknowledging the unrest. as the uprising continues, an international
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Mar 29, 2011 12:00pm EDT
from sirte. prison >> and, makes his case for u.s. and -- >> president obama makes his case for u.s. involvement in libya. kate amara is in washington with more on his speech and what comes next not -- what comes next. >> president obama announced that nato will take over command and control of the entire operation in libya on wednesday. as allied air attacks continued to pound muammar gaddafi's forces across libya president barack obama defended the wort. >> in this particular country, libya, at this particular moment, we were faced with the prospect of violence on a horrific scale. we had a unique ability to stop that violence. >> in an address to the nation, president obama said that the international coalition is needed to protect civilians and announce the u.s.'s transition to a supporting role tomorrow. >> i am confident that our coalition will keep the pressure on gaddafi's forces. >> secretary of state hillary clinton is in london for a conference on the crisis. she will meet with nato allies, and the partners, and members of the libyan opposition. why president obama ruled
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